A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop's murder retrial

"The family commends the prosecutors for their strong presentation in this case, but we are outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose", the family said in a statement.

A second jury has deadlocked on whether to convict the fired University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing of murder for killing a black man during what prosecutors described as a routine traffic stop.

For the third time in a week, the trial of a police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man has ended without a conviction, the latest setback for prosecutors and activists seeking greater accountability for the use of deadly force by the police.

"We are nearly evenly split regarding our votes toward a final verdict", the jury announced in a note.

Mr Tensing later said that he had shot because he feared that he could be run over by the vehicle as Mr DuBose tried to get away.

Tensing claimed that the victim, Sam DuBose, tried to flee and dragged him along.

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His first trial ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked.

The local chapter of the NAACP said that the recent trials have sent a message: "If you are black, all the police officer has to do is say they were in fear of their life and they get away with murder because the victim (is) black", according to the AP.

The jury, which is composed of nine white members and three black members, was reportedly about evenly split when Judge Leslie Ghiz declared the mistrial.

By comparison, the first trial jury consisted of six white women, four white men, and two African-American women. A jury could not come to agreement last November and the judge also declared a mistrial then.

"We're definitely not happy with the outcome of the trial, however we feel it is time for the community to bond together in love", Mingo said.

The prosecutor during the first trial, Joseph Deters, had strongly criticised the shooting. "This is the most asinine act I have ever seen a police officer make", he said at the time. "It was totally unwarranted".

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Deliberations in the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have gone on longer than in his first trial.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says while he agrees with those who believe Tensing was guilty of murdering DuBose, he hopes the reaction to Friday's mistrial will be peaceful.

"But we want the same deference, black families in America want the same deference. The family wants reconciliation", he told reporters.

Last week, a Wisconsin jury acquitted Dominique Heaggan-Brown of charges after he killed Sylville Smith, who carried a semiautomatic pistol during a brief foot chase. Last week, a jury acquitted Minnesota officer Geronimo Yanez on charges stemming from shooting Philando Castile, who had indicated he had a legal firearm in his vehicle when he was stopped.

The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing past year after his indictment.

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